According to Anton Scalia, racism is over. That was the justification he used to gut the Voting Rights Act, a ruling that Mississippi celebrated by attempting to pass sweeping voter suppression laws rejected by 75% of blacks and supported by 82% of whites. So obviously, Alabama is as sweet a home as it ever was, as this latest cross burning in the Skynard State proves.
On November 29th, an Alabama grand jury indicted 28-year-old former Grand Cyclops Klan leader Joshua Dinkle on five counts, including conspiracy to violate housing rights, two counts of obstruction of justice, criminal interference with the right to fair housing, and one count of using fire in the commission of a felony. The preceding offense: a good, old-fashioned cross burning.
On May 8th, 2009 Dinkle constructed a six-foot cross, wrapped it with towels and old jeans, soaked it with gas and set it alight at the entrance of a predominantly black neighborhood near Johnstown Road in Ozark, Alabama. It’s unclear exactly how he got caught, but when questioned by the police, he said that he had ended his association with the Klan six months before. He also denied knowing a person who was his superior officer in the Klan.
His mother, Pamela Morris, herself a former “executive assistant” for the Klan, lied to investigators in the process of backing Dinkle’s false alibi.
If he’s convicted, Dinkle faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for charges of conspiracy and criminal interference, another 10 years for use of fire in commission of a felony, and 20 years for for lying to investigator. His mother’s looking at 5 years and similar fines for lying to the FBI.
h/t: Raw Story